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University takes part in world record tree planting event – University of Reading

Release Date : 09 December 2009

Colin Robbins, Tracy Lunn, Rob Jordon and Janis Pich planting the tree

An attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the number of trees planted in a single hour, received a helping hand from the University of Reading Grounds Team last weekend.

Between 11am and 12 midday on Saturday 5 December, as part of the national BBC Breathing Places ‘Tree O’clock’ world record event, Tracy Lunn and Rob Jordon planted a cedar tree next to Blandford Lodge on the Whiteknights Campus.

Tracy and Robert were ably assisted by Colin Robbins, Director of Estates and Facilities Management and Deputy Director Janis Pich, in their effort to contribute to the groundbreaking attempt to help celebrate National Tree Week.

BBC Breathing Places has teamed up with Guinness World Records and the Horticultural Trades Association for the ‘Tree O’Clock’ nationwide challenge to plant more than 653,143 trees within a single hour.

The results should be available by Friday 11 December on the BBC website:


For all University of Reading media enquiries please contact James Barr, Press Officer tel. 0118 378 7115 or email


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